We’ve been enjoying the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay for the past week, with stops in Oxford and St. Michaels. For those of you who have read James Michener’s historical novel about this area (aptly named ‘Chesapeake’), these communities and the rivers they reside on, such as the Choptank, were at the centre of this tome.¬†Unlike Tangier Island, which remains untouched by development, the proximity of these communities to large urban centres such as Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia provides a more sophisticated (and moneyed) flavour to this largely rural setting.

We had the pleasure of sharing St. Michaels with hundreds (thousands?) of spirited Americans during a warm and beautiful Memorial Day long weekend, and we enjoyed the celebration along with them. On Saturday night the live music from an outdoor wedding just across the little harbour also enhanced the scene. With more than a hundred boats anchored in the small harbour and in the river, there was a galaxy of mast lights when darkness arrived.

Enough of the poetic stuff, we’ll let the pictures speak for themselves….

A view of the Tred Avon River from Oxford.


Oxford street scene, with Oxford flag.


Ria's favourite beer, to go with her baked crab (of course) and cheese lunch.


Our anchorage in a small cove behind Oxford (at 3 feet, it was just deep enough).


St. Michaels inner harbour from His Idea.


One of the old churches in St. Michaels - this one had lovely bells that we could hear in the harbour.


John, after too much partying - and sun - in St. Michaels.


This is the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, located at the Maritime Museum in St. Michaels harbour.


A welcome lemonade on our very hot bike ride to Bozman - thanks kids!

Next stop, Annapolis.

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  1. It’s all looking fabulous John & Ria. Your tans are great! Glad to hear things are going well and sounds like you are having a great time. The pictures are terrific too.

    1. Thanks Janice. We’re getting lots of sun – too much probably, but no complaints!

      As strange as it may seem, as we made the long passage down Delaware Bay yesterday I found myself thinking about work (I guess I need a fix). When you get a moment please send me an email and let me know how things are going with our friends across the street.


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